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fulmine1082010-07-04 13:37:14 +0000 #1
hello everyone i am new to this forum anyway.......

I have been practising yoga for many years and a year ago i have started hot yoga its like bikram style but a bit different i have been going 3-4 times a week i never have had problems with my hamstring i am quite flexible but lately i have been going to yoga 6 time per weeks sometimes twice a day and i practise at home i am determined to open up my back legs i know i might over streached as i am over doing but i dont know why cant streach my legs as my hamstring are so shore and hurts even touch my toes when b4 i never had problems do you guys thinks that i need to overcome inner blokages b4 open up my back legs?how do i do?shall i back off from my practising for a while?
xela2010-07-04 13:53:18 +0000 #2
If you're practicing six times a week twice a day that's too much in my opinion. My advice would be to take a week off and let your body heal. Then slowly get back to your practice once a day. Don't push yourself too hard. You DO NOT want to pull a hamstring...it is painful and takes a long time to heal. Then you really won't have loose hamstrings.

Also...how is your hip flexibility? They are very closely related and the hips could be holding you back more than your hamstrings.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 14:11:47 +0000 #3
I would pose a question back to you. And that is this:

How are you being served by two asana practices a day?

Generally speaking the body and its stability/mobility vary from moment to moment, day to day, year to year. It is of course possible that you are having some life issues where you are resisting moving forward. The tension of hamstrings represents the unwillingness to step forward or move along the path of life.

Examine it. If it is so for you than deal with it. If not, then dismiss it and move on.

Additionally the hamstrings and quadriceps are reciprocal inhibitors. If you are unable to contract the quads beyond the belly of the muscle (that is to contract it to it's attachments) then the hamstrings would not fully release (and no one wants them fully released) but you get the relationship, right?

Finally, we build things up in our bodies over years then expect them to go away in minutes. Take your time. Enjoy your practice. Feel your hamstrings no matter what their condition. Yoga isn't about touching toes or showing others (or your own Ego) how supple you are. It is about feeling exactly what is going on without any projection whatsoever.
fulmine1082010-07-04 13:55:39 +0000 #4
yep i know all that inerathlete i am not showing of as i most of the time like to be in the very back of the class and not give a dam about what other do its more like letting go my past issue i have just been made redundant and i begin a yoga teacher training course as i always wanted to do it and after 15 years now i got the money and the time to do it but is more like my mind and body wont let go i guess its hard as some asana makes me so angry and some make me happy and relaxed some make me sad etc.......its very weird what i am experiencing now i cant back off from it for a week as i am doing my training and i want to improve my asanas its not about my getting more flexible its hard to explain to people its more about of getting there as i emotional paths rather then physical i guess but i am having difficoulty as myb body wont get there its blocking me.....does it make sense???????????

shall i keep pushing myself or rest it?

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